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How can I prevent a fire?

Twelve top tips to protect your home...

  1. Fit smoke alarms on each level in your home. Dust them and test them once a week.
  2. Make a fire escape plan that everyone in your home knows.
  3. Keep exits clear so that people can escape if there’s a fire. Make sure everyone in your home can easily find the keys for doors and windows.
  4. Take extra care in the kitchen – cooking accidents account for more than half of fires in homes. Never leave young children alone in the kitchen.
  5. Take extra care when cooking with hot oil. Consider buying a deep-fat fryer which is controlled by a thermostat.
  6. Never leave lit candles in rooms that nobody is in, or in rooms where children are on their own.
  7. Make sure cigarettes are stubbed out properly and are disposed of carefully, and never smoke in bed.
  8. Get into the habit of closing doors at night. If you want to keep a child’s bedroom door open, close the doors to the lounge and kitchen. This may well help save their life if there is a fire.
  9. Remember one plug for one socket.
  10. Keep matches and lighters where children can’t see or reach them.
  11. Take special care when you’re tired or when you’ve been drinking.
  12. Always switch off TVs and other electrical appliances off when not in use.

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